Meditation 101:
An Experiential Approach to Learning Meditation

Tuesdays, October 24, 31, November 7, 14 and 21 from 7 to 8:30pm
at Jewel Heart Center

Note: Venerable Amy Miller will be joining us on Nov. 14.

Would you like to learn how to build a strong meditation practice, receive advice, and gain momentum to meditate regularly? Join Meditation 101, an introductory course designed by experienced and knowledgeable teachers of the Tibetan Buddhist tradition.

Sessions will consist of guided meditations that can be used by anyone to create more peace and happiness in daily life. Meditation can help reduce stress, increase concentration and positive emotions, decrease pain, create social connections, and serve as a foundation for progressing on the path to enlightenment.

Through the different sessions, several basic techniques will be explained and practiced:

  • Breathing meditations
  • Mindfulness meditations: scanning the body, bare attention, mind like the sky, mind like the ocean
  • Visualization meditations
  • Analytical meditations on topics such as transforming negative experiences into positive ones

Each participant, whether completely new or somewhat experienced, will acquire a solid foundation in meditation practice, such as correct sitting posture and how to overcome obstacles.

Dates and Time:

Tuesdays, October 24, 31, November 7, 14 (With Venerable Amy Miller),and 21 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm
Drop-ins are welcome!


Jewel Heart Center: 260 West Broadway, New York, NY 10013

Directions: 260 West Broadway is just below Canal Street. The entrance is in the St. John’s Lane alleyway that runs parallel to and between Varick Street and 6th Avenue. Here is a map showing the location of Jewel Heart Center.

Subway Transportation: 1 to Franklin St.; A, C, E to Canal St.; N, R to Canal St.

Suggested Donation:

Fee: $50 to help support direct costs, including space rental, Dharma materials, and administration. Suggested fee per session: $10 

Shantideva Meditation Members: $45


Online registration is closed. Walk-ins are welcome.


Reading material will be available in printed form and distributed to participants at the beginning of the class.

About the Facilitator:

George M. Cuesta, has been studying and practicing the Buddha dharma since 2005. George has been a member of Shantideva Meditation Center since 2008 and also leads our Guru Pujas and weekly meditations on Tuesdays. He is a licensed psychologist in the State of New York and works as a clinical neuropsychologist at the Manhattan Veterans Administration Medical Center. He is adjunct faculty at the Disability Studies Program, School of Professional Studies, at The City University of New York.